You are invited to join Women’s League Reads, a worldwide conversation about books of interest to today’s Jewish women. Women’s League Reads is a moderated online discussion group, via Google Groups, for members of Women’s League in which everyone is invited to post comments, ask questions and make observations about the book.
Women’s League Reads is proud to announce our first featured book of the new year:
Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown
This historical-fiction novel is set in 1935 on New York City’s Lower East Side. Rose, a traditional Jewish mother who scrimps and saves in hope of her children’s success, also has political activist yearnings, and Dottie, her single daughter, is an Americanized striver. Both are ambitious women who strain against gender confines, yet find their lives upended by unwanted pregnancies. Their first-person narratives alternate. There is a glimpse, too, of the looming Holocaust in Europe, viewed through correspondence between Rose, and her brother in Poland.
Jennifer S. Brown is an accomplished writer of stories, essays and travel pieces. This is her first novel.
Modern Girls was a Jewish Book Council Staff Pick for July 2016; read their synopsis here.
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